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Wausau Man Guilty in Death of his Mother


WAUSAU, Wis. (WHBL) - A Wausau man has been convicted of killing his mother so he could collect on her insurance. Jurors in Lincoln County deliberated for almost three hours yesterday before finding 25-year-old Chase Baruch guilty of first-degree intentional homicide. He first told authorities he planned to go fishing with his 63-year-old mother Sally Pergolski in June of last year at Moraine Lake near Gleason – and she was knocked out when he crashed his truck in the water. But Baruch changed his story on the witness stand. He said he found his mother dead at her home after she apparently choked on a piece of meat. And he then drove her into Moraine Lake and made it look like an accident – but he insisted it was really was an accident. Prosecutors said Boruch helped his mother buy life insurance just a couple months before her death – and he was in line to get over a million dollars as the sole beneficiary. Boruch was convicted after a trial that began nine days ago. He faces a mandatory life prison sentence, but a judge can schedule a possible date for a supervised release.